Welcome to the Post-Capitalist EraCould it be that while we were caught up in crisis after crisis, we somehow missed the end of capitalism as we know it?
Could it be that while we were caught up in crisis after crisis, we somehow missed the end of capitalism as we know it? In a piece for The Guardian, writer Paul Mason argues that post-capitalism has begun “without us noticing” as technology “created a new route” out of a broken socioeconomic system while, in the process, a “new kind of human being” was shaped.
From The Guardian:
Postcapitalism is possible because of three major changes information technology has brought about in the past 25 years. First, it has reduced the need for work, blurred the edges between work and free time and loosened the relationship between work and wages. The coming wave of automation, currently stalled because our social infrastructure cannot bear the consequences, will hugely diminish the amount of work needed – not just to subsist but to provide a decent life for all.
Second, information is corroding the market’s ability to form prices correctly. That is because markets are based on scarcity while information is abundant. The system’s defence mechanism is to form monopolies – the giant tech companies – on a scale not seen in the past 200 years, yet they cannot last. By building business models and share valuations based on the capture and privatisation of all socially produced information, such firms are constructing a fragile corporate edifice at odds with the most basic need of humanity, which is to use ideas freely.
Third, we’re seeing the spontaneous rise of collaborative production: goods, services and organisations are appearing that no longer respond to the dictates of the market and the managerial hierarchy. The biggest information product in the world – Wikipedia – is made by volunteers for free, abolishing the encyclopedia business and depriving the advertising industry of an estimated $3bn a year in revenue.
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